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  • mgaretz
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    • Jul 2014
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    • San Ramon, CA
    • Mark Garetz
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    #16
    I love this dish brush http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips...ords=oxo+brush for cleaning my perforated grill pans.

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    • Medusa
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      • Sep 2014
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      #17
      Originally posted by Medusa View Post
      Try this... got mine from Amazon. This is an item where the price keeps going up over the years. Best Gadget for Garlic

      November 30th, 2014, 02:46 PM


      You need this... better than a garlic press ( and alot easier to clean ). Will handle up to 8 cloves. Made in the USA.
      It's called a Garlic Twist, and you can easily find it on Amazon. Price has steadily risen over the last few years. Virtually indestructible ( unless you put in on a turkey and put the turkey in the oven - won't explode, tho ). Have had mine for 2 years.

      Click the link below to see an image.

      --Ed
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      Hi Kathyrn,

      You still need to peel the garlic before you put it into the twist. The neat thing is to line the teeth up as a "cross" to easily clear out all of the minced garlic. You can also control the level of "minceness" between chopped and fine.

      This is a good kitchen tool.

      -- Ed

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      • fzxdoc
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        Thanks a bunch, Ed! I'm going to try it!

        K.
    • LisaJohnson
      Former Member
      • Nov 2020
      • 1

      #18
      I get a bunch of emails from readers asking for specific product recommendations for everything from toasters and ice cream scoops to major appliances like stoves and dishwashers. Although my kitchen is well-equipped, I am certainly not the end all be all in this arena. However, I thought is would be fun to introduce a new series to My Baking Addiction called Essentials. Basically, I will feature many of the products that I use daily in my kitchen.

      For the first Essentials post, I thought I would introduce you to a zester also referred to in the culinary world as a Microplane or a rasp. A zester is essentially a tool that allows you to remove the zest from citrus.
      Last edited by Jerod Broussard; November 24, 2020, 11:57 PM. Reason: Outside website link removed.

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      • RonB
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        Are ya gonna have one on Spam?
    • ssandy_561
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 1315
      • Central OHIO

      #19
      Two of my favorite kitchen "gadgets" are from Tupperware.

      The Season-Serve Container is awesome.

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      I use it for marinating pork chops, chicken, london broil, chuck roasts, pork butts.

      Ill use it to store things I prep before I go to grill/smoke them like burgers, bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos, pig shots.

      I will also us it to store things I make after I am done cooking them like a big batch of meatballs, larger quantities of roasted vegetables oven roasted potatoes.

      I have two of them. I try to use the one for raw meats and the other one for anything else.



      The other Tupperware gadget I love is their Quick Shake Container.

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      It is the best for making marinades, salad dressings, jello, thickening mixtures, mixed drinks and instant breakfast drinks.

      I own three of them. I believe Tupperware has changed its design and it is now a piece of junk. If you can get yourself one of the older design I would suggest it.
      Last edited by ssandy_561; November 25, 2020, 09:09 AM.

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      • Mosca
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        I have the Season-Serve, and use it frequently. It’s a good item. Mrs Mosca had to buy something at a Tupperware party, and made a good choice!

      • Bkhuna
        Bkhuna commented
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        I have two of those season serve containers, one is larger than the other. They are terrific.

      • fzxdoc
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        Do they still sell those? I have both the marinade container and the shaker bottle. They're so old they have that gummy feel. Supposedly soaking them in Citrus-Solv, gets rid of that. On my to-do list. At the bottom.

        Kathryn
    • eby
      eby
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      • Oct 2020
      • 8
      • Leland, MI

      #20
      For "gadgets" I'd say the non-standard thing I use the most is reCap tops for mason jars.

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      Use it for dressings, marinades, etc. There are other brands selling similar but I've found that recap has the best seal/fit. The recap seals well and you can really shake a dressing.

      For tips I'd say buying from restaurant supply stores. I buy storage containers, tubs, tongs, cutting boards and towels from Webstaurant. Wire racks for storage and stainless steel tables for outdoor work surfaces are also "affordable".

      Examples:We freeze sauces, stocks etc in the deli containers. Ones that have seen some wear and tear and getting old get sent home with guests with leftovers in them.

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      • Bkhuna
        Bkhuna commented
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        Restaurant supply stores are a great source for well priced doo-dads.

      • Thunder77
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        I am going to get some of those lids!
    • geotek230
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 73
      • Lowell michigan

      #21
      We got a new kitchen stove a couple months ago i kept the the top burner grates to set hot stuff on when it comes off the fire or out of the smoker

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      • TripleB
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        I did the same thing when I got a new kitchen stove.
    • Rocinante
      Club Member
      • Dec 2019
      • 132
      • Knoxville, TN

      #22
      I haven't tried these out yet and never have seen them until today. Instead of putting your meat on a rack in a pan, these can be used instead. Not sure if these will work as advertised, but just might in medium to smaller sized cuts of meat. If they do, they will eliminate needing to scrub a rack clean after it's been baking several hours.... Click image for larger version

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      • Maxriptin
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        How did they not name these meat feet!?
    • TripleB
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      • May 2017
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      • Jambo Backyard Smoker
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      #23
      I got one of this manual, crank blower for my offset. Before when I added a new log to the fire, I had to stick my face close to the firebox and blow to get the wood to catch. This works great and saves me from inhaling smoke.

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